The LOFAR LTA distributed information system for Radio Astronomical data

The Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) is a large distributed radio telescope that observes at frequencies from 30 MHz to 240 MHz. LOFAR combines phased array antenna stations in Germany, the UK, France, and Sweden with forty stations in the Netherlands to form a radio telescope aperture synthesis array with a diameter of 1000 km and a total collecting area of up to a square kilometer. When LOFAR is fully operational, it will produce observation data at up to 80 Gbps. The archive of science data products is expected to grow by up to five petabyte per year.


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